William B. Ogden Radio School





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I passed the FCC 1st Class license test in 1973 right after attending the Ogden School in Huntington Beach. I didn't end up in broadcasting, but I sure remember the experience of Bill Ogden and his school!

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I love this school.

Added: October 24, 2014
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Attended Ogden's in the summer of '67. Can't tell you what month other than to say the 6-day Arab-Israeli war was going on at the time.

Memories include the liquor store across the street, Roman Scandals saloon around the corner and globs of tar on the beach.

It was a fun summer and I got a 1st Phone to boot! :)


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Will never forget those first few days in class thinking
"oh no this is where my radio career ends". How will I ever figure out these formulas and equations. I regret that I didn't have Bill Ogden to teach me math when I was in high school. He made it all make sense and by the I was off to LA to take the test I was confident How could I not be? I was given the "Gold Pencil"! "Coffees
get em' high" and R.I.P. Thora, Tally and Bill. You made a difference in thousands of lives.


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Just read that Richard Kiel passed away in Fresno. I was in the summer 1964 class and have been doing radio for 50 years now, Denver,San Bernardino and Los Angeles. Finished up a 20 run on KDES palm springs a year ago doing the mid day shift. I am now PD of KZPO FM in Visalia,ca.

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Added: September 10, 2014
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Attending Ogden's in 1963 was a high point in my broadcasting career. I remember Bill saying that if he could teach electronics to the Chinese who could not speak English, he could teach electronics to anyone. I think many of us put him to the test. I returned to Ogden's for a visit in late 1963 with my new bride. I have a fading picture of her standing next to Richard Kiel in the parking lot. She barely clears his belt.

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:D Does any one have a higher resolution picture of the July '69 class? That was the class I was in. If you do please e-mail me a copy. Thanks

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I attended Ogden's school in 1971 or 72. Don't remember exactly. I enjoyed him and the classes and got my 1st Class License on the first try. I remember that he used to say if you didn't pass his test first, you couldn't take the FCC test.

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I was in the September class of 1964 in Burbank. Like so many others, I owe my career to Bill Ogden. Bill taught me more in one day than than my high school algebra teacher did in a semester. Near the top of my favorite events occurred during the FCC First Class exam. Bill told us, "If you get stuck on a question, put your pencil to your ear and I will tell you the answer" some one in front of me did that!

R.T.D.Q.

Keith


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Most of the DJ's I hired at KEZY Anaheim 1967-1985 had a third phone but all the night time guys had to have the first phone because we were then directional. The best engineer/DJ by far was Tom Milner.

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